RECONSTRUCTING WOMANHOOD IN TONY MORRISON'S BELOVED

  • Setefanus Suprajitno Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University
Keywords: reconstruction, womanhood, Toni Morrison, Beloved, Arfo-Amerivan.

Abstract

Tony Morrison's fifth novel, Beloved (1987), explores the degradation of slavery imposed upon slaves, even when they were owned by a "humane" slave master. The novel is set in the Reconstruction period, the period after the American civil war. The word reconstruction may be used for the Afro-Americans, especially for the Afro-American women who face double discrimination for being black and women. In dealing with women's oppression, Afro-American women have to reconstruct themselves as an act of survival, and to be aware of the horrors of the experiences which their ancestors had to go through.

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Published
2004-06-01
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